Top 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Badminton: Sport Facts

Are you a sport person, specially badminton? Well, if you are then you will enjoy knowing these facts about badminton. Every things has a hidden facts behind its origination, similarly badminton has its own amazing facts as presented below;

1. Badminton is a LOT more intense than tennis

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Generally, the more priority is given to tennis than badminton as badminton is often referred to as the poor cousin of tennis, but nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, the speed and the stamina required for badminton is far greater than any other racket sport.

2. The Asian domination of the sport borders on the 

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: The China Badminton team celebrate their 5 Gold Medals following the Men's Doubles Badminton Gold Medal match on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Arena on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Since its inclusion in the Olympics in 1992, Asian players have won a staggering 42 out of the 46 Olympic medals.

The most successful badminton countries in the world are China and Indonesia, who have won 70% of all BWF events between them.

The Thomas Cup, the men’s world team championships, has been won by only three countries since it began in 1948 – Malaysia, Indonesia and China.

The only time the Uber Cup, the women’s world team championships, was won outside Asia was by the USA in 1957, 1960 and 1963; the other holders are China, Indonesia, Japan and more recently South Korea.

3. Badminton is the 2nd most popular sport in the world

QINGDAO, CHINA - APRIL 21: Wang Yihan of China plays a shot in her semi-final match against Wang Shixian of China during day five of the 2012 Badminton Asia Championships at Qingdao Guoxin Gymnasium on April 21, 2012 in Qingdao, China. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)

It has been claimed that badminton is the second most-popular participation sport in the world, only behind football.When badminton was first included in the Olympics in 1992, 1.1 billion people watched the badminton competition on television.

4. A badminton match once lasted just 6 minutes

BEIJING - AUGUST 17: Lin Dan of China celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's Singles Gold Medal Match against Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia held at the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium during Day 9 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 17, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The shortest badminton match ever recorded was at the 1996 Uber Cup in Hong Kong, which lasted all of six minutes! Ra Kyung-min (South Korea) crushed Julia Mann (England) 11-2, 11-1 in that match.

The longest match on the other hand lasted 124 minutes, and was contested between Peter Rasmussen (Denmark) and Sun Jun (China). Rasmussen won that encounter 16-17, 18-13, 15-10.

5. A shuttlecock that weighs 2,500 kg exists

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In Kansas City Museum, the biggest shuttlecock in the world can be found, which is 48 times larger than a normal shuttle. It is 18 feet tall, and weighs 2500 kg!6. A shuttle is made from the left wing of a goose

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Shuttlecocks are pictured during England Badminton squad practice at the National Badminton Centre on February 23, 2011 in Milton Keynes, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

The average shuttlecock weighs between 4.74 to 5.5 grams, the best of which are made from the feathers of the left wing of a goose.

16 feathers are used in the manufacture of a shuttle. During a top-level match 10 shuttles are used, with each being hit roughly 400 times.

7. The strings of badminton racquets are made from the stomach linings of cats

A close-up on the hands of Yu Yang of China as she serves to Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei of China during the Finals of the women's doubles at the World Badminton Championships at Wembley Arena in London on 14 August 2011. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEALduring the Finals of the women's doubles at the World Badminton Championships at Wembley Arena in London on 14 August 2011. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

While over the years, most of the players have started using synthetic strings, some players still use guts made from the dried stomach lining of animals like cats or cows.

8. Badminton was initially played with the players’ feet

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A game called Ti Zian Ji was played by the Chinese originally, which is the forerunner of badminton. In this sport, the players used their feet instead of racquets to hit the shuttlecock!

9.The shuttlecock originated from a pen stand

A shuttlecock is seen on the floor during the Badminton World Championships, on August 26, 2010 at the Pierre de Coubertin stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO/JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

The origin of the shuttlecock is not very clear. However, it is believed that writing feathers were stuck in corks when they were not in use. During dull moments, the ‘pen’ stand would be thrown or whacked around, and that’s how it came to be used in the sport.10. Up to 1873 the sport was known by another name

China's Cheng Long serves to Denmark's Peter Hoeg Gade during the mens singles quarter final of the Badminton All England Open Championships at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, on March 11, 2011. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally, badminton was called ‘shuttlecock’.

The Duke of Beaufort used to host parties at his Badminton House in 1873, where his guests were invited to play a game with shuttlecocks, and that is where its official name was born.

 

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